Category Archives: Dining News

Top Fish – The Results!

After reviewing nine local fish sandwiches during Lent, we have now compiled the results.

And the Top Fish is:

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A Fabulous Meal on the Hill

Susan says…

If you have not wound your way up Bridge Road for dinner under the red awning, you must put it at the top of your to-do list.  I have had some great dishes.  I have had some great meals.  But this one… this one begs me to wax poetic.

We have reviewed South Hills Market and Café and I have written an open (love) letter to Chef Richard Arbaugh.  The more I eat there, the more I love it.  The combination of cozy atmosphere, friendly and attentive service, gorgeous white dinnerware, fantastic flavor combinations and artistic presentation is like nothing else in our area.  (In fact, in my opinion, SHMC outshines the meal I recently enjoyed at the Greenbrier’s Main Dining Room.)

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Introducing Top Fish

During Lent, the Fork You Crew will be doing our darndest to find the Top Fish Sandwich in Charleston.  We will post a short review each Thursday of a local fish sandwich.  Each sandwich will be judged using a strict set of criteria.  We will post each reviewer’s score, along with an overall score.

To get things started, here are excerpts of fish sandwiches from past reviews.  Click on the restaurant name to go to the full post. 

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Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Umami

Susan says…

What do seaweed, breast milk and walnuts have in common?  You guessed it!  They all contain umami.  (I know, the title kind of gave it away.)

Umami (pronounced  ōō-mä’mē) is a Japanese word meaning “delicious”, “savory”, or “flavor”.  This label was given by umami’s discoverer, Professor Kikunae Ikeda, in 1909. 

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Get Some Grub…Help a Good Cause

Even though we may not have many friends at the Tricky Fish, there are some folks at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore who are still willing to be associated with us.  They requested we pass along this information to our readers, and we are more than happy to comply.  Tricky Fish will contribute 7.5% of their sales on Tuesdays in January to this worthy cause.  We applaud The Fish for giving back to the community.  If they are still supporting non-profits in September 2010, then they’ll be getting some of Ron’s money!

News Nugget: Capitol Street Grill

Ron Says…

OK, because “the Five” are too busy eating at the same joints they always eat at every week and are too lazy to provide any content.

I’ll have to pick up the slack – albeit just a little because I’m lazy like that.

You may have noticed this article in the Daily Mail today (10.6.09):

Bar, grill opens in downtown Charleston

Let me first say that I have not been there, and I am looking forward to trying it.  I always love it when a new bar opens up.  But after reading the aforementioned article….  I have to wonder about the logic some of our great entrepreneurs….(or at least what they say to the press)

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Now Open – Piro Pizzeria

 Another shop is open at the Shops of Kanawha, formerly known as the Kanawha Mall: Piro Pizzeria.

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Piro’s offers salads, subs, spaghetti & meatballs, calzones and, of course, pizza.  Prices are in the neighborhood of $6 – $9 with most pizzas running between $10 and $15, depending on the size and toppings.  Pizza is also available by the slice.

 piro menu

Hours are 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday and noon – 7:00 pm on Sundays.  (Their website says they are closed on Sundays, but that is no longer true.) 

Piro Pizzeria
5707 MacCorkle Ave
Charleston, WV  25387
304-925-1120 phone
304-925-1220 fax